Author: Barbara Elsborg
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Format: ebook - # pages
Release Date: 5/24/2011
Desired by men and women, Eli’s good looks make sexual conquest easy until he attends a party at the Supernatural Museum, where they land him in deep trouble. He says no to the wrong women, and his punishment is to learn the ultimate meaning of loneliness.
The Stone Maiden
Much to her family’s disappointment, not only is Pepper single but she works a hard and dirty job as an apprentice stonemason. Pepper loves bringing stone to life with her chisel but struggles with the isolation that comes with being different. Then there’s her attraction to her boss, Alessandro, who appears to prefer men. When Eli materializes out of nowhere, Pepper can hardly believe her eyes. Now she’s caught between a rock and a hard place.
The Hard Place
His hands hardened by years training to become a master stonemason, Alessandro is an expert at his craft, but not in matters of the heart. A daily frustration when he’s in hopelessly in love with Pepper and the man of his dreams has disappeared. As Alessandro’s team begins to restore the Supernatural Museum, he, Pepper, and Eli are drawn into the building’s secrets and risk losing everything they hold dear.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, menage (m/m/f).
The majority of the story is focused on Pepper. She’s a pretty interesting character and it was fun to get to know her. At the beginning of the story, we’re introduced to her “points” system. I wished she would have used it again in the story because it really cracked me up. She starts her date night out with 20 points and adds or subtracts them based on what happens. Since the guy was a total loser, it was pretty funny.
I also really liked Eli. Listening to him while he was a gargoyle was also pretty interesting. Unfortunately, when he wasn’t a gargoyle, he became a one-dimensional sex maniac along with Alessandro. I never really felt connected to Alessandro. He was a jerk throughout most of the story.
I enjoyed the paranormal element of the story. It gave the story a nice twist. The story ended a bit abruptly, and I felt like there were some issues not fully addressed. There wasn’t as much dialogue as I usually find and thoroughly enjoy in Elsborg’s books. Instead, this is a very erotic story with plenty of sex including m/m, m/f/m, and f/m and anal.